Winter Quarter in Workday

Last updated Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Check this page regularly for new and relevant information about Fall Quarter in Workday!

Off Quarter Hiatus Pilot Program

On December 19, 2017 the ISC launched a new pilot program – championed by the Office of Academic Personnel – designed to put faculty who will not work the Winter Quarter on Off Quarter Hiatus, allowing them to remain active in the system while at the same time suspending pay until their return in the Spring Quarter.

Eligibility for the Off Quarter Hiatus Pilot Program:

Off Quarter Hiatus only applies to the following Job Profiles:

  • Lecturer Part Time
  • Senior Lecturer – Part Time
  • Senior Artist in Residence
  • Artist in Residence
  • Teaching Associate

In addition, the faculty member must:

  • Be currently working Fall Quarter 2017
  • Not be working Winter Quarter 2018
  • Have a commitment from the department to return Spring Quarter 2018 – in the same job profile/capacity.

Important Dates:

December 19, 2017 First day to initiate Off Quarter Hiatus
December 29, 2017 – 5:00 pm Deadline for initiating Off Quarter Hiatus (this is the HCM Transaction Unit Approval Deadline for the December 16 – December 31 pay period)
December 16, 2017 – March 15, 2018 Effective dates for Off Quarter Hiatus
March 16, 2018 Date faculty will be returned to service

Initiating the Off Quarter Hiatus:

For faculty who meet all of the criteria above, starting on December 19, Academic Partners can put them on Off Quarter Hiatus in Workday similar to how you would submit a Leave of Absence, using the following details:

  • Select Date Range: Must be from December 16, 2017 to March 15, 2018. Selecting different dates will result in rejection of the Off Quarter Hiatus request.
  • Type: Select “LOA – Off Quarter Hiatus”
  • Position: If the faculty member holds more than one position, select the position that is going on Off Quarter Hiatus. You must repeat this transaction for each position if requesting Off Quarter Hiatus for more than one position.
  • Approval Process: Once the Off Quarter Hiatus leave type has been submitted, it will route to the Chair/Chair’s Delegate, Dean/Dean’s Delegate, and ultimately to Academic HR for final approval.

Please note: if your Off Quarter Hiatus request is submitted late (ie, after the deadline of 5:00 pm on December 29), it could have an impact on pay. Please make sure to initiate this Workday transaction prior to the deadline.

During the Off Quarter Hiatus:

Once placed on Off Quarter Hiatus, faculty members will immediately receive a notification in Workday providing details about what it means to be on Off Quarter Hiatus.

During the Winter Quarter, they will continue to have access to Workday and other UW resources, though most of their data in Workday will reflect information from their previous active employment (in this case, from their Fall Quarter position). A banner at the top of Workday will also remind them that they are on Off Quarter Hiatus.

Possible Benefits Impact: Once placed on Off Quarter Hiatus, the ISC will send benefits-eligible faculty details about any impact to their benefits and any next steps. Please recommend employees read this communication closely.

Returning from Off Quarter Hiatus:

Faculty will be returned automatically from Off Quarter Hiatus en masse by the ISC effective March 16, 2018. There should be no changes made to faculty members’ records in Workday while they are on Off Quarter Hiatus.

If you have any questions not answered above about who qualifies for Off Quarter Hiatus, please contact your Academic HR Specialist.

If you have any questions about how to initiate the Off Quarter Hiatus in Workday, please contact

Winter Hiring – Best Practices & Preparation

In preparation for the Winter Quarter, the College of Arts & Sciences delivered a presentation to help their administrators plan for the next couple of months in Workday, and generously shared their slide deck with the ISC so other units could benefit.

Topics include overviews of:

  • Which jobs end December 15 (and should they be extended)?
  • Which jobs are new for Winter Quarter?
  • What deadlines are critical to meet in December and January?
  • And a comprehensive list of recommendations regarding various tasks and scheduling considerations for Winter Quarter.

Many thanks to Linda Nelson and Heidi Tilghman for the resource!

Please Review Staff Changes and Initiate Necessary Processes

With one quarter ending and another just beginning, now is a great time to review if action needs to be taken on a worker. If you run the report “R0321 Upcoming End Employment Date,” you may discover employees who have End Dates that have already passed.

Please review these Staffing Event Job Aids and follow the recommended action for each scenario. For example, you can terminate those who are no longer working at the UW or extend those who will be staying.

You can always find these and other helpful Job Aids on the Self-Services Resources section of the Admins’ Corner.

User Guides for Navigating Winter Quarter Hiring

The ISC has an extensive User Guide Library, but here are a few User Guides that should be particularly helpful for navigating winter quarter hiring: